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2012 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Woodruff Family Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

5/20/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 93 points

Medium burgundy red. Expressive and spicy red fruit aromas. On the palate, raspberry with attractive mint and spice overtones. Nice tension, good depth, length and mouthfeel. I like what Bradley does with this vineyard.

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2012 Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine Old Ghost

Lodi more

5/19/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 92 points

15.9% abv. Dark ruby. Expressive red and black fruit aromas. Black cherry, plums and raspberry fruit flavors. Very deep, round, long and rich. A powerhouse, but very enjoyable.

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2012 McCay Cellars Zinfandel Faith Lot 13

Lodi more

5/15/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 91 points

13.8% abv. Vineyard planted in 1915 as part of the larger Kirschenmann planting, across a dirt road on the river side of Kirschenmann. Medium ruby. Floral and red fruit aromas. On the palate, raspberry, a little blueberry, rose petal and spice. Like it's sister, an elegant, pretty and feminine expression of Zinfandel. Farmed and crafted with care and affection by Mike McCay.

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2013 Sandlands Carignane

Mendocino County more

5/13/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 93 points

13.8% abv. Medium dark ruby. Very expressive aromas. Cherry, black raspberry, spice and pomegranate on the palate. Nice tension, depth and length. Very enjoyable now and should continue to improve over the next few years.

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2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Rossi Ranch

Sonoma Valley more

5/12/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 93 points

15.8% abv. Deep, pure ruby. Expressive, red fruit aromas. Palate impression of red cherry and raspberry. Excellent depth and length with a beautiful, concentrated, red fruit profile. Delicious and distinctive.

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2008 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Frenchie's Ranch

Santa Cruz Mountains more

5/8/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 94 points

Deep, dark and long, combines exceptional intensity with a complex, nuanced palate impression. Exceptional.

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2013 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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5/7/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 90 points

12.3% abv. Medium dark burgundy purple. Moderate spice and fruit aromas. On the palate, raspberry. Black cherry and spice. Moderate intensity and depth. Good now and should improve.

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2013 RPM Wines Gamay Noir

El Dorado County more

5/5/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 90 points

13% abv. Medium ruby. Moderate intensity red fruit aromas. Cranberry, raspberry and spice elements on the palate. Medium depth, lingering aftertaste. Great focus and very lively. Nice.

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2012 Robert Biale Zinfandel Pagani Ranch

Sonoma Valley more

5/4/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 92 points

Well done!

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2013 Turley Zinfandel Mead Ranch

Atlas Peak more

5/2/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 92 points

16.1% abv. Medium ruby red. Moderate black fruit and bramble aromas. On the palate, black cherry and Zin spice. Good depth and length. A modest tannic edge promises an even brighter near-term future.

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2013 Turley Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard

Howell Mountain more

4/23/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 92 points

15.3% abv. Dark ruby. Moderate, mostly black fruit aromas. Black raspberry, spice and bramble on the palate. Deep and long, showing lively moderate tannis. This will be even better in 3-4 years.

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2013 Turley Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge

Howell Mountain more

4/21/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 92 points

15.7% abv. Dark ruby. Moderate intensity, mostly black fruit aromas. Blackberry, black cherry, a little mocha, bramble and spice on the palate. Rich, deep, penetrating and long. A bit of a Howell Mountain tannic edge. Very nice now and will improve over the next several years.

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2013 Sandlands Chenin Blanc

Amador County more

4/16/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 92 points

Light and lively, taught and penetrating a superior Chenin.

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2013 Sandlands Carignane

Mendocino County more

4/15/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 91 points

13.8% abv. Medium ruby. Exuberant fruit aromas. On the palate, focused raspberry, black cherry and spice. Lingering aftertaste. Nice effort by Tegan!

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2013 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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4/6/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 91 points

Very aromatic. On the palate, spicy and energetic. Nice Pinot in the modern style.

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2007 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

4/5/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 93 points

15.4% abv. Dark ruby. Very expressive Cab aromas. Deep, rich and penetrating on the palate. Lingering aftertaste. This is a beautifully made cab in the modern style. In a great place right now, it should hold well for several more years.

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2012 Lucia Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

4/4/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 91 points

14.4% abv. A flamboyantly expressive red fruit nose. An intense, exotic flavor profile. Red raspberry, cherry, a touch of citrus, white pepper and baking spice. Excellent concentration, depth and length. I would expect this to continue to develop well over the next several years.

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2012 Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard

Yorkville Highlands more

4/4/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 93 points

13.1% abv. Dark ruby red. Somewhat muted aromatics. On the palate, the palate, a delight – red and blue fruit, a bit of floral, pepper and spice. Beautiful restraint, combined with great focus and depth. Should continue to develop attractive secondary characteristics for years to come. I may need to order more.

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2013 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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4/2/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 92 points

13.9% abv. Medium red burgundy. Expressive, spicy aromas. Cherry, raspberry and spice dominate a pleasing, well balanced palate impression. Good depth and length. A very well made appellation Pinot from a good vintage.

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2013 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Old and Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard Alexander Valley

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4/1/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 92 points

14.5% abv. Medium dark ruby. Zin spice highlights a moderately expressive nose. On the palate, black raspberry, cherry, bramble and spice. Excellent depth and length. Delivers that characteristic OMV lightness. Exceedingly distinctive, this the only wine I buy by the case. Drinks well now, but will improve for years. My challenge has always been to keep my hands off.

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2013 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel

Dry Creek Valley more

3/31/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 93 points

14.7% abv. Deep ruby red. Expressive Zin aromas. Rich, round, pure and concentrated, this is "classic" Dry Creek Zinfandel. Really nice!

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2014 Liquid Farm Mourvedre Rosé Vogelzang

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara more

3/28/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 91 points

Consistent with past noes, an extremely winning rose!

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2013 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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3/27/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 91 points

Consistent with past notes, an excellent appellation Pinot and great value. In the modern style.

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2012 Robert Biale Zinfandel Aldo's Vineyard

Oak Knoll more

3/27/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 93 points

Outstanding aromatics - spicy and floral. On the palate, very rich, deep and precise. This should age well for years. An exceptional Zin.

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2012 Bucklin Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch

Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

3/26/2015 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 93 points

Consistent with past notes, this is an exceptional Old Hill. The expressive nose alone is worth the price of admission. Years of life ahead.

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